Enzyme Facial Benefits: What is an Enzyme Facial Peel and Why it's Good for All Skin Types

by Linda Robison

An enzyme facial benefits all skin types. Unlike some cosmetic facial treatments or chemical peels, an enzyme facial does not contain harsh chemicals and is generally safe for all people (like pregnant women).

And is well tolerated for all skin conditions including dry, oily, aging, and even acne-prone skin.

Woman using a peel to reap the enzyme facial benefits for smoother skin.Enzyme Facial Mask

What is an enzyme facial Peel

An enzyme facial is like a spa treat for your skin!

It's a type of skincare treatment that uses a face mask that contains natural enzymes from fruits like pineapple, papaya, or pumpkin to exfoliate and refresh your skin.

Here's how the enzyme peel works:

Those enzymes are like little hungry helpers that gently breakdown and dissolve the dead skin cells sitting on the surface of your face. This exfoliation leaves your skin looking brighter and feeling smoother.

Enzyme facials can be awesome for folks with sensitive skin or those who prefer a more natural approach to skincare. They're less intense than some other treatments, like chemical peels, but still give your skin a nice boost.

So, it's like treating your face to a fruity spa day! 🍍

10 Enzyme Facial Benefits

What are the benefits of enzyme skin treatment?

Well, aside from containing potent antioxidants and nourishing the skin, the active ingredients in an enzyme peel can boost your complexion in many ways including:

Here are 10 reasons why you should include an enzyme facial in your regular skincare routine:

1. Gentle Exfoliation: An enzyme peel offers natural exfoliation, removing dead skin cells and revealing a fresher complexion.

2. Brighter Skin: By getting rid of the dull top layer can make your skin look more radiant and glowy.

3. Smooth Texture: Say goodbye to rough patches! A facial peel can help make your skin feel softer and smoother.

4. Even Skin Tone: Over time, these type of facials can help even out pigmentation irregularities, giving you a more consistent skin tone.

5. Minimized Pores: Enzymes can help unclog pores and reduce their appearance, making your skin look smoother.

6. Reduced Fine Lines: While not a miracle worker, enzyme facials can help improve the appearance of fine lines over time.

7. Hydration Boost: Some enzyme treatments include hydrating ingredients, leaving your skin plump and moisturized.

8. Natural Ingredients: Enzyme facials often use organic and natural ingredients, making them a great choice for those seeking a more holistic approach.

9. Less Irritation: Compared to stronger chemical peels, enzymes are generally gentler, making them suitable for sensitive skin.

10. Quick Recovery: There's usually little to no downtime, meaning you can get back to your routine without a hitch.

Remember, individual results can vary, but enzyme facials can be a fantastic addition to your skincare routine if you're after a more subtle, natural glow.1.

What to do before enzyme peel?

Woman with fruit on her face.

How to prepare before your facial:

Research: Learn about the type of enzyme peel you'll be getting. Different enzymes target different skin concerns, so know what you're in for.

Consultation: Have a chat with the skincare pro doing your facial. They can help you understand the process, benefits, and any potential reactions.

Avoid Harsh Treatments: Skip intense exfoliation or harsh products a few days before your appointment. You don't want to overdo it and irritate your skin.

Sun Protection: Use sunscreen regularly leading up to your appointment. This helps protect your skin and ensures the enzymes work on the freshest layer.

Stay Hydrated: Drink lots of water. Hydrated skin responds better to treatments.

Cleansing Routine: Keep your skin clean, but don't overdo it. A gentle cleanser will do the trick.

Skip New Products: Avoid trying out new skincare products. Stick with what your skin is already used to.

No Waxing or Peels: Skip waxing, retinol, and strong chemical peels a week before.

Arrive Fresh-Faced: Show up to your appointment with a clean face, free of makeup and moisturizers.

Remember, everyone's skin is different, so what works for one person might not work for another.

But following these general tips can help ensure you have a smooth and enjoyable enzyme facial experience. Enjoy that glow!

Enzyme Facial Side Effects

These facials are pretty safe and the benefits are worth giving it a try. But, those with extremely sensitive skin should test a small amount first to see how their skin will react.

The most common side effects include:

  • redness
  • stinging
  • dryness
  • peeling
  • sensitivity
  • discoloration, in rare cases

Enzyme facial products

How do you know which enzyme facial products to try? Well, you can choose depending on your skin type.

Even though these facials contain natural enzymes, the key ingredients in some could irritate sensitive skin depending on their source. 

For example, papaya enzymes contain papain, which has skin soothing skin and anti-inflammatory properties. So if you have skin issues like rosacea or acne, this might be a better choice for you.

On the other hand, pineapple enzymes are stronger. Ever notice how funny your lips and tongue feel after eating pineapple?

That's due to the powerful bromelain enzyme. This enzyme facial might be better for those with oily skin, congested pores or blackheads as it can assist in deep pore cleansing and softening of the sebum.

You can also try a medium clay-based enzyme mask, to which you can add your own liquid depending on how weak or strong you want. 

For example, in this Botanical Masque that I use, the following liquids can be used depending on your skin needs.

  • yogurt
  • milk, soy milk, or goats milk for oilier skin
  • organic apple cider vinegar
  • orange juice

I use organic apple cider vinegar, but I must say, it will sting a bit at first. So use less vinegar in the beginning, or just avoid it if your skin is sensitive.

Enzyme Facial: Benefits are great, but limited

Woman looking in the mirror inspecting her skin after an enzyme facial.

Multiple enzyme facials over time can improve the appearance of your skin. However, if you have moderate to severe signs of aging, don't expect dramatic results.

Deep chemical peels using alpha or beta hydroxy acids or a (if you're willing to spend some money) a BBL facial will provide better results in this case. Especially if you have deep brown spots, redness from rosacea or broken blood vessels. 

Enzyme Facial Benefits: FAQ

Q: Should you wash your face before an enzyme peel?

A: Follow the advice of the skin pro who will be performing your treatment. If you're doing it on your own at home, make sure your skin is clean and free of makeup. Just make sure you use a gentle cleanser.

Q: Does your face peel after an enzyme facial?

A: One of the benefits of using an at-home enzyme facial is no downtime and no peeling. If you're getting a professional in-office treatment, check with your skin pro.

Q: How long does it take to heal from an enzyme peel?

A: There is no down-time with a fruit based enzyme peel.

Q: What is a DMK Enzyme Therapy Facial?

A: A DMK Enzyme Therapy is a professional skin care treatment that uses a special blend of enzymes and minerals to deeply cleanse the skin. The treatment is designed to remove dead skin cells, unclog pores, and brighten the complexion.

Some DMK Enzyme masks tighten up as it dries. This tightening action flushes out toxins, removes impurities, increases circulation, and simulate the lymphatic system. The at-home botanical enzyme mask I use by Carolyn's Facial Fitness tightens up quite a bit too. And after it's rinsed off, my face has a bright pink glow and my skin tingles from the increased circulation. 

Q: How often should you get an enzyme facial?

A: You can get them once or even twice a week. Always use your complexion as a guide. For some, more than once a week might be too irritating.